McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Brasserie d'Achouffe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Among the mythical characters living in Fairyland, some are more unusual than others. Malcolm, for example, is different because of his accent and his kilt: when it comes to beer, his favourite is Mc CHOUFFE. The delicious flavours of aniseed, liquorice and toffee tickle his taste buds. If you listen to him, he will boast of its ruby sparkle, its smooth bitterness and its strong character, worthy of his native Scotland. Although robust, Mc CHOUFFE goes down as easily as LA CHOUFFE.

ABV varies from time to time.

Added by Mitchster on 09-22-2001

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of REDAMI
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Medium mahogany pour with a tan head.

S - Brown bread, candy sugar, figs, dates, malts.

T - Molasses, toasted grain, malt sweetness, anise, slight chocolate notes.

F - Thinner body, unobtrusive carbonation, dry finish.

A lighter take on the style. All of the right notes, just slightly dialed down. Complex and drinkable, but not as bold as others in this style.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of dv8sean
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see both the bros and the community at large relegate this to "only" a "very good" beer. This beverage is good enough to mock or outright dismiss its critics.

Appearance is not its forte, tho. It's a bit nondescript, and while it pours with a good head, the foam dissipates, and leaves virtually no lace.

From there, however, it just keeps getting better. Banana bread and spice on the nose. Layered and complex. Taste follows suit. Beautiful balance between the sweetness of the malt backbone and the very mild sour funk of the Belgian yeast. Note: this is NOT a "sour beer".

Mouthfeel is stellar. Beer has a long, long finish--somehow being both sweet and dry at the same time. How'd they do that? I'd rate it 5.0 Perfect, but I cannot profess to know what is perfection.

Overall, this is the best beer of its style that I've least to my tastes.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany pour with an off-white two finger head with nice retention and great lacing. Very malty nose with hints of Belgian yeast, brown bread, banana, nuts, toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. The taste follows suit, dominated by malty caramel sweetness. Hints of tobacco, dark fruit, molasses, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, banana, brown bread, and nuts round out the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to fizzy carbonation with a syrupy sweet finish. Overall, this is a solid Belgian Bruin, albeit a bit sweet for more than one.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Altrurian
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fast (but brief) pour into a small Brasserie d'Achouffe tulip produces a quick, coarse, short-lived head. The dominant olfactory characteristic faintly promises tropical sweetness, like the approach to a mango hawker's cart in Chittagong. The beer is a pleasant ruby-brown.

McChouffe has a malty enough anchor, but its mossy, woody sweetness is overlaid by a light Belgian yeastiness and, I suppose, a touch of hops. And so, the beer is not as cloying as a Scotch ale can be. Whether that's a good thing is a matter for debate. One can also argue the merits of the beer's texture, which is noticeably more prickly than creamy. We can agree, however, that McChouffe is wee light, and that such a brew has its place. A tip o' the tam-o-shanter to Achouffe's agents in Cooperstown for making this one available.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Shemmy
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had 4 shots at this beer, 4 bottles over the course of three days. Really unique beer I thought, nver had anything quite like it. I would add that there was a strong smell and taste of green apples to this beer and it really seems to have something that stimulates your blood to flow making you feel pleasantly warm and relaxed all over. I will see k this beer out in the future, a real favorite for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,146 ratings